A 1841 Sarawak James Brooke 1 Keping copper coin will be offered in September 25 London Auction by A.H Baldwin & sons ltd. The Token Copper Keping "1841" coin is the first Sarawak coinage issued under Rajah James Brooke’s rule. The copper token is estimated to sell for £400-600.

sarawak cent

The coins feature a badger facing left, with initials J.B. (for James Brooke) under the badger and dated September 24, 1841 (the day James Brooke granted Rajah of Sarawak by Raja Muda Hassim of Brunei), to commemorate the date Brooke was made Rajah. The badger, or brock, is derived from the crest of the Brooke arms.

badger cent

The 1841 dated One Keping coin made by the Birmingham Mint using an old reverse die from one of the Singapore merchants token. These pieces are very scarce and highly prized by collectors in any condition. According to the latest Steven Tan 21st Edition Book, a very good condition coin is price at RM5,000 for this coin.

Silver japan wayang

Another coin that I think might be interesting for my readers is a 1943 Netherlands East Indies, Japanese Occupation silver trial 5 Sen theatre puppet coin. The coin is in NGC holder graded MS61, ex Dr Norman Jacobs Collection, Heritage Auction, 8 September 2011, lot 24420. The normal circulation strike is in white metal (aluminum), and this is the first example we have seen offered, or even heard of existing, in silver. The coin have an estimate of £12,000-15,000.

Another Netherlands East Indies, Japanese Occupation coin in the auction is the 1944 Aluminium unissued Sen. The coin is in PCGS holder graded MS63, ex Dr Norman Jacobs Collection with an estimate of £300-500. The 1944 Japanese Occupation cent is struck at the Osaka mint for Netherlands East Indies with 80,000,000 coins ordered to be struck but not a single coin enter circulation because of the war.

1941 cent

One of the most important Hong Kong coin will also be in the auction, King George VI, 1941 Hong Kong one cent bronze. The extremely rare is in extremely fine condition with orange and purple dappled tone with an estimate value of £2000-2500. Because of the demand for bronze in arms manufacture during Japanese occupation, The Japanese authorities in Canton were importing coins from Hong Kong and melting them down to make the weapons. 5,000,000 1 cent coins were minted by Royal mint, London but many believed the entire shipment fell to the Japanese and sent to Japan for melting. Only a few of the 1941 coins have survived.

Other coins highlights:

Gold Kyat

WORLD COINS, SOUTH ASIA, BURMA Mindon Min, Gold Kyat (Mohur), 1228CS (1866), Chinthe, rev legend and wreath (F 4; KM 28; R&S 11.11). In PCGS holder certified "genuine, tooled, AU details", fields heavily tooled and brushed, otherwise good very fine and very rare. ex Hong Kong Coin Auction 42, Baldwin's-MaTakWo, 30 August 2007, lot 764.
Estimate: £40,000-50,000

Mutsuhito gold

WORLD COINS, SOUTH ASIA, JAPAN Mutsuhito, Gold 20-Yen Meiji 9 (1876) (JNDA 01-1; KM Y13). Some light marks, otherwise prooflike mint state, very rare. Only 945 pieces struck.
Estimate: £60,000-80,000

Octagonal Gold Dollars

WORLD COINS, USA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Panama-Pacific Exposition, Octagonal Gold 50-Dollars, 1915S, San Francisco, head of Minerva left, rev owl on California pine branch, E PLURIBUS UNUM to right (F 189; KM 139). In PCGS holder graded AU53, warm gold toning, an attractive specimen of this very rare coin.
Designed by Robert Aitken and issued in both round and octagonal form. The Panama-Pacific Exposition was a celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal, and the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Balboa. "E PLURIBUS UNUM" was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. The Latin phrase meaning "one from many", offered a strong statement of the American determination to form a single nation from a collection of states. Over the years "E PLURIBUS UNUM" has also served as a reminder of America's bold attempt to seek unity while respecting diversity.
Estimate: £25,000-30,000

Guerrero Suriana

WORLD COINS, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, MEXICO Revolutionary Coinage, Guerrero – Suriana, "Gold with Silver" 2-Pesos, 1915-Gro, national arms, rev radiant sun face above mountains (FG 7888; GB 223; KM 665). Flan flaw by sun, possibly removed from a mount, very fine and extremely rare. ex Spink America Sale 8350, June 1996, lot 382.
Estimate: £5000-8000

Source: Baldwin.

This post is a Coin Dealers list for Malaysia. Some of the dealers you can find in Malaysia Yellow Pages. Will try to update this list complete with their address, telephone numbers, emails, who to contacts. Here are the list of coin, paper money, banknote, accessories (album, Tweezers, Magnifiers, Microscopes, holder, capsules, cutter, watermark detectors, uv test lamp etc) and stamp dealer in Malaysia. Some of them also deals with Stamps, Postal History, Documents, Phone cards, Posters, Ang Pow, China antique ware, Antique & Various Collectibles.Will try to update this directory from time to time. If you have any information about coin dealers at your place, please email me at lunaticg[at]gmail.com or you can pm via Malaysia coin FB page.

For updated version of this list, you can visit; Kedai duit syiling lama Malaysia.

Coin Dealer

International Stamps & Coin Sdn Bhd
Owner: Steven Tan
Address: 2.4 & 2.5, 2nd Floor, Pertama Shopping Complex, Jln Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Tel: +603-2692 6373, 26983781, 26926117
Fax: +603-26928380
E-mail: isc_mal[at]streamyx.com, isc.mal[at]gmail.com

Trignometric Sdn Bhd.
Address: Lot 327, Amcorp Mall, 18, Jalan Persiaran Barat, Off Jalan Timur, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +603-79579566
Fax: +603-79579568

Dickson Niew Collection shop
Address: 58, Jalan SS14/2, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +60-179796337 (better called him before you make a visit)
E-mail: dniew33[at]streamyx.com, dicksonniew[at]gmail.com

Dealers in Selangor:

SLCollectors shop
Address: Ground Floor, G063A, Zone C, Millennium Square, Jalan 14/1, Section 14, 46100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, West Malaysia.
Tel: 012-2008316 (better called him before you make a visit)Business Hour: 2pm-6pm (Mon-Sun -including Public Holidays)
Email: slang1957[at]gmail.com
Website: slcollectors.com

Uptown Banknote & Coin Collection
Address: Lot 36, Blok B. Kompleks Muhibbah, Seksyen 24, Shah Alam.
Tel: +60-142364828 (better called him before you make a visit)
email: cheely08[at]gmail.com

PJ Auctioneers Sdn Bhd
L326 Amcorp Mall, 18 Persiaran Barat,
46000 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 03-758 3177
Fax: 03-7575792
Mobile: 010-2215233
Business time: 12pm to 7pm. Closed on Monday & Tuesday.

Ng Coin, Stamps Curios Centre
Owner: Ng Ah Lee (HP: +6012-9354885).
Address: No. 2-7, 2nd Floor, Plaza Metro, Jalan Meru ,41050 Klang, Selangor D.E.
Tel: +603-33416959
Fax: +603-33413710

AJ Numismatic Gallery
L2-14 Level 2, Brem Mall, Jalan Kepong, 52000 Kuala Lumpur.
Handphone: 012-3400366

Dealers in Kuala Lumpur:
Kuala Lumpur

Collectors Corner & Gifts
Address: Lot G11, G12, Ground Floor, Imbi Plaza, Jln Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Owner: Mrs. C.M. Quah
Tel: +603-2141 5005
Fax: 03-2142 9388

Eastern Stamps Coins & Antiques
Address: Berjaya Times Square 07-47 Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Email: easternstamps[at]gmail.com
HP: +6016-2832507

Numis Coins and notes
Owner: Raymond Chang (HP: +6016-9832690).
Address: LG 22 & 23, Maju Junction Mall, 1001 Jalan Sultan ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-26910933.

SM Stamps & Antiques
Owner: Simon Chaw Soon Mun (HP: +6012-3871638)
Address: Lot 6F/78, 6th Floor, Sungai Wang Plaza, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-21439188.

Yip's Collections
Address: Lot 07-50, 7th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, No: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Owner: Yip Fook Keong.
Handphone: +6012-3604928.

Kedai Cenderamata Leong Antiquity Enterprise
Address: Lot 07-30A, 7th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, No: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Cttan Trading
Address: Lot 08-26, 8th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, No: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Handphone: 016-4132313
email: choonteng[at]hotmail.com

Koleksi JejakWaris
Address: Lot 08-50, 8th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, No: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Handphone K.C. Ho (016-6663162)

Wanglama Collection Enterprise
Address: Lot 08-25, 8th Floor, Berjaya Times Square, No: 1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Handphone: Amir Shafiq (012-3294295),
Julian (013-3617086)
Michael Chew (012-6355463)

Pudu Stamps & coin trading
Address: Lot LE2, LG Floor, Pudu Plaza, Jalan Landak, off Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Owner: Lam Kim Lean.
Handphone: +6012-630 5532.

SS Seng Soon Trading
Address: D'Alamanda Shop Lot, No. 2-01-59, Jalan Pudu Ulu Impian 4, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
Handphone: SC Yeo (019-2277220), Sang Lew (016-3355000).

Dealers in Perak:

US Agency
Address: No. 115, Jln Sultan Idris Shah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak.
Contact: Mr. Govin
Handphone: 012-5017775

Union Philatelic Agency
Address: TF10, Complex Yik Foong, Jalan Laxamana, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Contact: P.F. Wong
Handphone: 012-4524022
Phone: 05-2556422
email: wongstamps[at]yahoo.com

Dealers in Pulau Pinang or Penang:

SH Philatelic
Address: A2-22, 1st Floor, Phase 1A, KOMTAR, 10000 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604- 261 4293.

Tan Coin Trading
Address: 76, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street), 10200 Penang, Malaysia.
Email: ewtan[at]Streamyx.com.
Tel/Fax: +604-2624 264

Dealers in Kedah:

KS Coins & Collectibles
Address : Lot 1-21, Tingkat 1, Village Mall, Legenda Heights, 08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Owner: Ng Lai Soon. FB : kedahstamps
HP: 012-4897099
Tel/fax :04-4249663

Dealers in Melaka:

Address: C124, Dataran Pahlawan Megamall Heritage Gallery, Melaka
Mobile No: 016-6040390

Joson Numismatic Collections
No. 46, Jalan Tokong (Temple Street), 75200, Melaka.
Handphone: Boson Goh (016-6691811)
email: stonegoh[at]yahoo.com, bosongoh[at]gmail.com

Dealers in Pahang:

Goldenlights Antique & curios
Owner: Silmon Loo Yaw Wen (HP: +6012-9526933)
Address: E-2120-1, Jalan Dato Wong Ah Jang, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang.
Tel: +609-5143857.
Fax: +609-5145265
Email: silomloo[at]yahoo.com

Dealers in Sabah:

Kadoman Trading Co. Antiques & handicraft art.
Address: 2nd Floor, Wisma Merdeka, Jln Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Owner: Charlie Chau
Hp: +6016-8803918

Ocean Art Gallery.
Address: 2nd Floor, Wisma Merdeka, Jln Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Owner: N T Chong
Hand Phone: +6016-8460356.
Email: serilabuk@yahoo.com

East Gate Art & Collection.
Address: 2nd Floor, Wisma Merdeka, Jln Tun Razak, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Owner: Adam Goh.
Hand Phone: +6019-8809497

Dealers in Sarawak:

Minat Reka Sdn Bhd
No.1, Ground Floor, Raminway, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak.
Contact: John Goh
Handphone: 019-8885233
email: john_gch[at]hotmail.com

To those who have seen Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) booth before in exhibitions in our countries such as HALFEST, BOOK Fair in PWTC or in PUTRAJAYA Youth Festival 2014, you may have seen they display a series of Malaysian Banknotes with a word "CONTOH" on the notes with a serial number. These are Specimen banknotes and it might invites danger to personnel in charge of the BNM exhibition. What kind of danger are we talking about?

BNM personnel

2 weeks ago, I have a meeting with my numismatics friends and one of the topic that we discuss is how danger awaits BNM personnel who is in charge of the specimen banknotes. They risk their life without their knowledge, risk of being robbed and also likely to be hurt by the robber.

Why robber want to rob BNM personnel who is in charge of the specimen banknotes? The notes face value are not even close to 10 thousands ringgit if you combine all of the note face value. To Paper Money collectors, the value is much higher than that.

Do you know how much is the value of Malaysia specimen banknotes for banknote collectors?

Looking back at past auction by many auctioneers in Singapore, we look at the realised price for some of the specimen Malaysia banknotes:

Mavin auction 30 on 30 March 2012:

$1000 Specimen

Lot 347: Malaysia $1000 Ringgit Specimen 6th series
Malaysia $1000, (1986-95), 6th series, sign. Jaffar Hussein, specimen, (P.34s; KNB.39), specimen no. 251, "CONTOH" ovpt., PMG Gem UNC65EPQ.
Sold SGD5,800

Mavin auction 33 on 29 March 2013:

$20 Specimen

Lot 856: Malaysia $20 Ringgit Specimen 5th series
Malaysia $20, (1982-84), 5th series, sign. Aziz Taha, specimen, (P.22s; KNB.27), serial no. 0000000, specimen no. 004, "CONTOH" ovpts., handling, AU.
Estimate: SGD7,500 – SGD8,000

Monetarium (Singapore) Private Limited auction 11 on 27 March 2013:

$100 Specimen

Lot 738: 100 Ringgit Malaysia Specimen 7th series UNC
MALAYSIA. 7th Series: SPECIMEN RM100 1995 AN0000000 specimen no. 200 (KNB43) Original UNC
Sold SGD4,800

Mavin auction 34 on 19 July 2013:

specimen 6th series

Lot 935: Malaysia $5-$1000 specimen 6th series
Malaysia $5, $10, $50, $100, $500, $1000, (1986-95), 6th series, sign. Jaffar Hussein, specimen, (KNB.33, 34, 36, 37c, 38, 39), $5 serial no. NE 0000000, $10 serial no. PR 0000000, $50 serial no. VP 0000000, $100 serial no. XX 0000000, specimen nos. 164 ($5, $10, $50 notes) and 250 ($500, $1000 notes) respectively, "CONTOH" ovpts., $5, $10, $50 graded PMG Choice UNC64 NET - Previously Mounted, $100 note graded PMG Choice UNC63EPQ, $500 note graded PMG Gem UNC65EPQ, $1000 note graded PMG Choice UNC64EPQ. (6)
Sold SGD13,000

Monetarium (Singapore) Private Limited auction 12 on 26 October 2013:

5 Ringgit contoh

Lot 796: 5 Ringgit Malaysia Specimen 6th Series UNC.
MALAYSIA - 6th Series RM5 Specimen No. 089 with ovpt “CONTOH” (KNB33e) Rare. Original UNC.
Estimate SGD1,500 – SGD2,000


Lot 802: MALAYSIA RM50 8th Series "CONTOH" Specimen
MALAYSIA - MODERN ISSUES / 马来西亚-现代发行 8th Series: RM50 “CONTOH” Specimen No. 0299 AA0000000 (KNB48) Original UNC.
Sold SGD1,800

Monetarium (Singapore) Private Limited auction 13 on 27 March 2014:

Specimen 10-Ringgit
Lot 797: 1st Series Specimen 10-Ringgit A1 000000 Specimen No 9
MALAYSIA - MODERN ISSUES / 马来西亚-现代发行 1st Series: Specimen 10-Ringgit A/1 000000 Specimen No. 9, oval TDLR & SPECIMEN overprints, single official punch hole (KNB3b) Original UNC.
Sold SGD6,500

Specimen 50-Ringgit
Lot 798: 1st Series: Specimen 50-Ringgit A/1 000000 Specimen No. 12
MALAYSIA - MODERN ISSUES / 马来西亚-现代发行 1st Series: Specimen 50-Ringgit A/1 000000 Specimen No. 12, oval TDLR & SPECIMEN overprints, single official punch hole (KNB4b) Original UNC.

Mavin auction 36 on 21 March 2014:

$2 Ringgit Specimen

Lot 457: Malaysia $2 Ringgit Specimen Ahmad Don
Malaysia $2, (1996-98), 8th series, sign. Ahmad Md. Don, specimen, (KNB.46b), serial no. AA 0000000, specimen no. 0012, "CONTOH" ovpts., crimps, AU-UNC.
Sold SGD2,200

Mavin auction 37 on 25 July 2014:

 $100 Ringgit Specimen

Lot 681: Malaysia $100 Ringgit Specimen 4th series
Malaysia $100, (1981-83), 4th series, sign. Aziz Taha, specimen, (KNB.23), serial no. A/25 000000, "CONTOH" ovpts., PMG Choice UNC64 NET - previously mounted.
Estimate: SGD8,000 – SGD8,500

$1 Ringgit specimen

Lot 709: Malaysia $1 Ringgit specimen Zeti signed
Malaysia $1, (2000), 11th series, sign. Zeti Aziz, specimen, (KNB.61), serial no. MX 0000000, control no. 2276, "CONTOH" ovpts., PMG Gem UNC65EPQ.
Estimate: SGD1,500 – SGD1,600

I am assuming the BNM booth will display 4 types of banknotes set since BNM current banknotes series is the 4th series. The 4th series don't have a RM500 and RM1000 notes.

Malaysia 1st series
1st series (RM1, RM5, RM10, RM50, RM100 and RM1000) value: RM*****.

Malaysia 2nd series
2nd series (RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100, RM500 and RM1000) value: RM*****.

Malaysia 3rd series
3rd series (RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100) value: RM*****.

4th series (RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20 RM50 and RM100) value: RM*****.

The value of the specimens that they brought to any exhibition is around RM***** for today market value. It might value more in the near future with the fast changing in Malaysia Numismatic scenery. Eventhough, there is no real market prices for specimens and the price realised most of the time is an agreement between buyer and seller, I put the price in here as a reminder to BNM Staff.

In the world nowadays people will try to get money if they have a chance even if they need to rob or steal. Bringing RM***** alone without a bodyguard to a public places is a risk that BNM personnel might be not realized. They should change their exhibit items to replica banknotes which don't have a high value for collectors. I have seen many times before how BNM personnel bring their "collection" to the exhibition ground. I guess I am not the only one watching. If you have a BNM friends who working at their exhibition booth forward it to them or their bosses to make sure bad thing dosen't happen to BNM staff in the future.

PS: 1 Singapore Dollar equals 2.53 Malaysian Ringgit